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Bolivian President Calls Israel a ‘Terrorist State’

The South American country hasn’t had diplomatic ties with Israel since 2009, and announced Wednesday that Israeli citizens would need to obtain permission before crossing its borders.

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 READ MORE



Has Thomas Piketty Really Never Gotten Around to Reading Marx?

The best-selling author whose “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” has been shaking up the world says Karl Marx did not influence his research, but his statement may be tongue in cheek; the true Crimean referendum results were accidentally revealed, showing only 15 percent of voters backed annexation; meanwhile, the mayor of Seattle has proposed a plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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‘Kony 2012’ Snuck Into the Debt Ceiling Adjustment Bill

The deceiving viral video that helped America justify fighting proxy wars in Africa has left its mark; Obamacare critics rant against Canadian style health care, but there are key differences between our system and that of our neighbor to the north; meanwhile, France is belatedly outraged about the NSA leaks. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 READ MORE



Venezuela, Nicaragua Offer Snowden Asylum

After spending almost two weeks in the no man’s land transit area of Moscow’s international airport, whistle-blower Edward Snowden may finally have a destination.

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Bolivia Nationalizes Electrical Grid

As neighboring Argentina brings its oil supply under state control, Bolivian President Evo Morales announced last week that his government has placed the country’s electricity sector under public ownership by seizing the main power grid from a Spanish company.

Posted on May 7, 2012 READ MORE



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What Hugo Chavez Is Up To

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been busy courting countries from Latin America to Eastern Europe to the Middle East to the Far East to assemble a political and economic bulwark against American imperialism. (more)

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Bolivia Set to Pass ‘Law of Mother Earth’

In a political move that would make John Locke’s head explode, Bolivia is poised to pass a law that would grant nature equal rights with those afforded humans. The Law of Mother Earth is expected to usher in a radical new conservation policy against pollution and exploitation.

Posted on Apr 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Miracle Food Blues: Bolivia Trades Health for Cash

The nutritional virtues of quinoa have been known since the Inca had an empire, but now that it’s sent around the world to satisfy the bourgeois appetites of the Whole Foods set, some Bolivians have become malnourished although slightly better off economically.

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Columbus, Marx and Zinn Go to Bolivia

What is ironically fictional in “Even the Rain’s” story is the intrusion on a volatile situation of a film crew intent on portraying Christopher Columbus’ not entirely benign arrival in the New World.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE



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News at 11: How Climate Change Affects You

Our daily weather reports, cheerfully presented with flashy graphics and state-of-the-art animation, appear to relay more and more information.

Posted on Aug 10, 2010 READ MORE


‘Fault Lines’: Climate Debt

Check out the latest “Fault Lines” episode, in which Avi Lewis travels Bolivia to talk about climate change, climate debt and the current environmental movements in the global south that challenge our perceptions about climate and development.

Posted on May 23, 2010 READ MORE


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Nationalization Becomes Electric

President Evo Morales is pressing forward with his nationalization program in Bolivia, seizing four private electric companies Saturday morning. The government now controls 80 percent of the country’s power generation.

Posted on May 1, 2010 READ MORE


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Bolivian President Says Frankenfood Threatens Men’s Manhood

Bolivian President Evo Morales sure has some fanciful notions about nutrition. While it’s certainly possible that, say, hormone-laced chicken might cause certain side effects, Morales declared with scientific certainty ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE


Cochabamba, the Water Wars and Climate Change

Instead of taking U.S. aid money for climate change, Bolivia is taking a leadership role in helping organize civil society and governments, globally, to alter the course of the next major U.N. climate summit.

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE


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An OAS Without Empire

In a press conference before a meeting of Latin and Caribbean countries in Cancun, Mexico, Evo Morales proposed a new Organization of American States “without empire” that would remove Canada and the U.S. from the organization’s roster.

Posted on Feb 20, 2010 READ MORE


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Morales Closes In on 2nd Term

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, opinion polls running heavily in his favor, appeared headed for a second five-year stint as president as voting wrapped up Sunday. The “peasant president” commands wide support among the country’s poor indigenous people—65 percent of the population.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 READ MORE



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Bolivia’s Indigenous Majority Catches a Break

Bolivian President Evo Morales, himself an Aymara Indian, has won a referendum on a new constitution granting special privileges to Bolivia’s indigenous people. The electorate split along racial lines, with the country’s elite white and mixed-race minorities largely opposing the measure.

Posted on Jan 25, 2009 READ MORE


A View From the South

Evo Morales knows about “change you can believe in.” He also knows what happens when a powerful elite is forced to make changes it doesn’t want.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008 READ MORE


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Bolivia Puts DEA on Hold

Bolivian President Evo Morales on Saturday made another move to signal his administration’s displeasure with the United States, announcing that he is “indefinitely” halting all activities of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency within his country.

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 READ MORE


Machado at the UN
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Latin Leaders Blast Bailout

The most explicit anti-capitalist analysis of the U.S.‘s proposed bailout of major finance firms is not domestic, but rather international. A cadre of left-leaning leaders in Latin America is ramping up criticism of Bush’s crony capitalism, arguing that the U.S. economic crisis was caused by the driving logic of American imperialism: fast money at the expense of the poor.

Posted on Sep 25, 2008 READ MORE


Morales y Chavez
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‘¡Adios, Ambassador!’ Say Chavez and Morales

Two Latin American leaders, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Bolivia’s Evo Morales, expelled the U.S. ambassadors to their nations after claiming that the American embassies in both countries were supporting rebel groups aimed at toppling their governments. Salvador Allende and Jacobo Arbenz were unavailable for comment.

Posted on Sep 12, 2008 READ MORE


Che at Cannes
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‘Che’ Goes to Cannes

One of the most hotly anticipated contenders at this year’s Cannes Film Festival is “Che,” Steven Soderbergh’s lengthy biopic of iconic Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara, featuring Benicio del Toro in the title role. However, whether the excitement surrounding the “Che” screening at the French film fest is any indication that moviegoers will flock to the (currently) 4-hour-plus production remains to be seen.

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


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Opposition Calls for Referendum on Bolivia’s Morales

Evo Morales, the first indigenous president of Bolivia, will face a confidence vote in the next 90 days as opposition groups continue their push to remove him from power. The vote comes on the tail of last week’s unofficial and meaningless referendum for autonomy in which the wealthy state of Santa Cruz voted for greater independence from the federal government.

Posted on May 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Che’s Hair Goes on Sale

A former U.S. intelligence officer involved in the execution of Ernesto “Che” Guevara has decided to auction a lock of the icon’s hair for a minimum of $100,000.  The officer is unhappy with Guevara’s iconic status, auctioneer Tom Slater says, yet he seems perfectly content to profit from it.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


Viva Che
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The Martyring of Che Guevara

If the CIA thought that executing the guerrilla would kill what he stood for, it mostly assuredly has been proved wrong.  Witness the current state of politics in Latin America, not to mention the reverence this week that marked the 40th anniversary of his death.

Posted on Oct 9, 2007 READ MORE


Che in Havana
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Killing Che Guevara

Forty years after his death at the hands of CIA operatives and Bolivian troops, Marxist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara has become a legend and an icon, as evidenced by the familiar image of his face emblazoned on the T-shirts of college students everywhere.  To mark the anniversary of his assassination, the BBC interviewed Felix Rodriguez, an ex-CIA agent who received the order to have Guevara shot.

Posted on Oct 8, 2007 READ MORE


Hugo Chavez with Evo Morales

The Big Blowup Over Venezuela

Update:  Hugo Chavez and the Latin American left picked up an important new ally when, a few weeks ago, peasant leader Evo Morales (shown at right here) was elected as president of Bolivia.

Posted on Dec 14, 2005 READ MORE


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